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Snowboarder Kevin Pearce's new film airs on HBO

Monday - 7/15/2013, 3:40am  ET

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2010 file photo, snowboarder Kevin Pearce, 23, talks about his recovery from a serious head injury during an interview in Denver. Pearce's newest endeavor has him back on a board, "ripping" and "shredding" as he tries out new tricks. Once a star on a snowboard in the halfpipe, Pearce now surfs the waves outside his place in Carlsbad, Calif. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

PAT GRAHAM
AP Sports Writer

Kevin Pearce's newest endeavor has him back on a board, "ripping" and "shredding" as he tries out new tricks.

Once a star on a snowboard in the halfpipe, Pearce now surfs the waves outside his place in Carlsbad, Calif.

It's exhilarating. It's therapeutic. And most of all, surfing takes his mind off dropping into the halfpipe as he recovers from a traumatic brain injury he suffered during a horrific fall in a training run more than three years ago.

He knows his days of twisting and turning his way through the halfpipe are gone. He's fine with that, too, made peace with it even. He's picking up new hobbies, like surfing ("I can really rip," he said), golf ("I'm terrible, but I like it," he laughed), and traveling.

These days, he's making quite a few trips around the country showing off his new film "The Crash Reel," a documentary about his return from a life-altering accident on Dec. 31, 2009, in Park City, Utah, when he miscalculated a tricky maneuver and landed on his face. The movie focuses on his recovery from the brain injury and trying to move on with his new life.

"My brain has a ways to go, but gosh, I couldn't be any happier with how well things are going," said Pearce, whose film was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January and will be featured Monday night on HBO. "It's been 3
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